Union Jack


Show simple item record Leander, Anna 2009-12-03 2009-12-03T15:04:03Z 2009-12-03T15:04:03Z 2009-12-03
dc.description.abstract This paper argues that security belongs to a specific category of commodities: “contested commodities” around which there is an ongoing and unsettled symbolic struggle over whether or not they can and should be though of as commodities (section 1). The contested nature of commodification has implications for how markets function; market practices tend to be defined and organized in ways that minimize their contentiousness and obfuscate their expansion. The paper looks at the implications of this argument for the conceptualization of the security. It focuses on the three central articulations of contestation: the discussion about whether the use of force can be left to the market, whether it can be so in the international realm and the discussion about whether or not markets trigger increased insecurity. It shows how this specific articulation of contestation has produced markets where the practice/definition of security is as public rather than private (section 2), as inside rather than outside (section 3) and as a responsible reaction to a threat rather than as something contributing to the constitution of threats (section 4). Conceptualizations of private security consequently have to be devised to capture these practical consequences of contested commodification; they need to capture the private in the public, the inside in the outside and the securitizing in the response to threats. en_US
dc.format.extent 21 s. en_US
dc.language eng en_US
dc.publisher Department of Intercultural Communication and Management en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Working Paper;2009, nr. 6
dc.title Security en_US
dc.type wp en_US
dc.accessionstatus modt09dec03 mm en_US
dc.contributor.corporation Copenhagen Business School. CBS en_US
dc.contributor.department Institut for Interkulturel Kommunikation og Ledelse en_US
dc.contributor.departmentshort IKL en_US
dc.contributor.departmentuk Department of Intercultural Communication and Management en_US
dc.contributor.departmentukshort IKL en_US
dc.idnumber x656599927 en_US Frederiksberg en_US
dc.publisher.year 2009 en_US
dc.title.subtitle A Contested Commodity en_US

Creative Commons License This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License.

Files Size Format View
Contested_Commodity_working_paper.pdf 149.3Kb PDF View/Open

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record